Monday, January 30, 2012

6 + 4 = January

With Jane's four-year check up and Ben's six-month check up both today, I figured this was a good time to post the few random pictures I have saved up from January. Those all go together, right? Right?

Audrey Jane
4 years old

28% for height
26% for weight

Everything looks great with Jane. The doctor's main comment was that she is an excellent speaker and that she is very smart. She even wrote a bunch of names in the chart for him. There was some discussion about her birthmark and the possibility of having it removed via a laser procedure, but there will have to be much more discussion before any such decision is made.

Benjamin Ryan
6 months old

17 lbs 1 oz
40% for weight

27 inches
68% for height

Ben is happy and STRONG. He's only a little above average for height now--and his weight is starting to catch up. He does have a touch of eczema, but it would be hard to avoid that if you're my child...

We did get the go-ahead to wean him off of night feedings--Hooray! He has slept through the night only a handful of times, and I am definitely ready for a full night's sleep on a more regular basis.

And for some amusing pictures...

Megan and Ben hung out with Wendi and Tony back when Chris and I took Jane on her birthday date. Wendi sent this picture to me afterwards--anyone reminding of Johnny Depp/Willy Wonka?

More Megan shots...I don't really have any of Jane because she has become violently opposed to having her picture taken lately. Apparently she only likes to be behind the camera instead of in front of it.

This is now Ben's standard face whenever I pull out the camera. He seems to have it mistaken for food. Or maybe he's just really excited to show off his gums?

Last but not least, I had one shot of the twins--Joel on the left, Enoch on the right. Combined, they almost weigh as much as Ben. Almost.

UPDATED: Lisa informed me that the twins do, in fact, outweigh Ben by 8 ounces when combined. Yay for growing babies!

Saturday, January 28, 2012


Dalton's birthday was yesterday. Happy Birthday, Dalton! Now Lisa has a 3-yr-old, 1-yr-old, and twins instead of a 2-yr-old and 1-yr-old and twins. What a relief. ;)

He was oh-so-excited to blow out the candles. Seriously--what more is there to life?

To celebrate his birthday, and to get out of the house, and to take advantage of our new Hogle Zoo Membership, courtesy of Grandma Karrie at Christmas--thank you!!--we braved the elements with all seven kids in tow.

Jane is the oldest. It was a little intense. Just a little. Chris came with us so we were 3 to 7 instead of 2 to 7--better odds, don't ya know.

Between Lisa's stress with new twins and all the drama in my house, we haven't played together nearly as often as we did pre-third pregnancies. I did manage to capture a few shots of our one and only at-home playdate we've managed since both twins made it home from the NICU.

I was also browsing through files on my computer and found these pictures from a trip we made to Copperton City Park back in October.

Ah, we miss those days. Here's to looking forward to bigger babies up for more adventure. And moms who aren't quite so exhausted and able to handle it...hopefully.

P.S. Shout-out to Ivan! He's our cousin, too!

Photo courtesy of Janneke Marquez Photography, via Facebook :)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Six Months

3 Days

3 Months

6 Months

If you notice, his knees are bent up so you can't see how long his legs really are. Ben's six month check-up is this coming Monday, along with Jane's four-year visit. Man, they're getting old. I'll post their stats then!

Meanwhile, pictures of my cutest baby boy ever. In the crabbiest outfit I've ever been genuinely excited to spend money on.

I posted this last picture on Facebook and took suggestions for an appropriate caption.

A few of my favorite submissions:

"It's hard to find treats on a freshly vacuumed carpet, Mom."

"Is it time to eat or poop?"

"So when is Amy coming over?"
And the official contest winner:

"Take it from me really should have E-trade take a look at your investment portfolio."

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Mommy Date

There are times when playdates are all about the kids--making up fun activities, creating simultaneously crafty and delicious treats, adventuring in new venues--and then there are the playdates that are all about the Moms.

Ok, maybe that's really how most playdates least around my house.

Some of you may have recently read Liz's blog and you already know that we had a wonderful trip to Discovery Gateway downtown. The girls ran loose, Liz and I parked it at the door with the babies and talked and talked and talked about all kinds of things that we didn't even realize we had in common, even though we've known each other since our first babies were born more than four years ago.

We should have playdates more often so we can have enough conversation saved up that we can actually pay attention to the kids. Who's with me?

Anyway. Pictures!!

See? Only two pictures. I told you I was too busy talking.

Ok, all you Mom friends in the Salt Lake area--I vote we set up a regular monthly playdate.

How's the first Thursday of the month?
That would be this coming week.
I volunteer my house first.


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

FHE, Jane Style

I have a system set up for Family Home Evening. I don't like to have to come up with what I'm going to do a lesson about, but I do like to have a little room for creativity since I don't get to plan school lessons anymore.

Wanting to make sure that I am in fact teaching my children the gospel, I devised this system for choosing topics:

First Monday: 
An Article of Faith

Second Monday: 
Chapter from Gospel Principles

Third Monday: 
Section from Preach My Gospel 
(starting in Lesson 3)

Fourth Monday: 
Outing AWAY from the house 
(for variety's sake)

Fifth Monday: 
(when it happens to occur) 
Chris is in charge!!

It's been working quite well for us for a few months now. I like it.

And yet, this post is actually about a week when we strayed from the plan. Ha.

The weather's been nasty, I'm burned out (keep holding your breath for that elusive tell-all's coming...), and I didn't want to go to the effort or the expensive of finding an out-of-house activity in January. At a loss for what to do when my grand scheduled plan fell through, I asked Jane what we should do instead. Bravo her, she just took over.

Opening prayer offered by Megan.

(I know prayer pictures are kind of taboo--I should have had my eyes closed, too! But I was taking care of Ben and caught a peek and they were just oh-so-cute!)

And Jane gave the lesson.

She told us some very nice stories about Jesus. Some were impressively accurate from the scriptures, and she told others that I have never heard before...but delightful nonetheless.

Then Jane introduced and lead our activity. It was remarkably similar to an activity I did a few weeks ago--but with her own special touch, too.

Ben hung out with me on the couch.

I love it when my kids get excited about the gospel!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Comfortably Hideous: A Tour

I've always thought our basement was ugly. It was certainly not a mark in favor of purchasing this particular house, though it wasn't quite ugly enough to outweigh all the good things about the house.

Our big project of last week was cleaning out and rearranging the basement in preparation for a new semi-long-term house guest who will be living there for a few months. I must say, the new organization has served to spruce up the place a bit...but I still think it's ugly.

Perhaps you'd like to judge for yourself?

The stairs themselves aren't so bad.

At the bottom of the stairs and to the left is the utility room. I don't really expect this to be pretty, and for sure, it isn't.

To the right of the stairs is the guest bedroom/my craft and writing room. This is where I go when I have moments of free time away from the kids. I thoroughly enjoy this room. Or at least what I can do in this room.

Straight ahead at the bottom of the stairs is this bookcase. Side note, I own all of the Work and the Glory books except volume 7.

To the right again is the laundry room. Currently, we've moved some portion of our food storage into there.

And back out of the laundry room...Hello brown linoleum and wood paneling.

Dining room. I guess. When we're not using this as an apartment, this space is fairly useless.

Basement bathroom.

Nothing amazing, though it does contain this cupboard that is quite annoyingly deep. Not helpful to a short person. I can't actually reach the back.

The second kitchen. These cupboards were originally upstairs. The man who built our house was an accomplish carpenter and built three sets of cabinets for this house through the years. He also did a lot of the finish work in the chapel where our ward meets.

Last but not least, the puzzle room. At least, that's what it was. Back when we kept working on the puzzle. Someday we'll finish it. Hopefully.

Ugh. I hate the wood paneling. Whenever we have the time and the money for remodeling, that'll be the first thing to go.

I'm sure there are uglier basements out there, but this one very much meets my standards of hideous. Even if we do arrange the furniture nicely.